Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings from prior to the games.
#9 Georgia 44, #6 LSU 41: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who was forced out of Georgia after legal issues, returns to Athens and turns in a career-high 372-yard game, but it's not enough as Aaron Murray throws for 298 yards and four scores as the Bulldogs win a thriller, ending LSU's streak of 32-straight September wins.
#10 Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33: Johnny Manziel, who can't seem to avoid controversy off the field, continues to shine on the field, throwing for 261 yards and two scores while leading the Aggies to their eighth-straight 40-point game - the previous school record was three.
#4 Ohio State 31, #23 Wisconsin 24: After missing two games with a sprained knee, Braxton Miller silences quarterback-controversy talk by throwing four TD passes as the Buckeyes pick up a critical win over the Badgers, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games.
#12 South Carolina at UCF: Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw goes down with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, so South Carolina looks to running back Mike Davis, who runs for 167 yards and three scores, to help it erase a halftime deficit.
#15 Miami 49, USF 21: Stephen Morris throws for 222 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half of action before aggravating an ankle injury and sitting the remainder of the Hurricanes' blowout of a state rival.
#20 Florida 24, at Kentucky 7: Despite losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the year last week, the Gators still win their 27th straight against the Wildcats as Matt Jones rushes for 176 yards and the Florida defense allows just 173 total yards.
West Virginia 30, #11 Oklahoma State 21: J.W. Walsh lost the Cowboys' quarterback job in the preseason, then regained it in game one, but struggled with a pair of interceptions as the Mountaineers, playing with their third starting quarterback of the season, pulled off the surprising upset at home.
#14 Oklahoma 35, #22 Notre Dame 21: Blake Bell is quickly making Sooner fans forget that he didn't win the starting quarterback job in the preseason, as he connects on 22-of-30 passes, including a 54-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass, while the Oklahoma defense picks off three Fighting Irish passes.
#1 Alabama 25, #21 Ole Miss 0: Many were questioning the Crimson Tide's defensive mettle this season, but they hold an up-tempo Rebel squad to zero points (Bama's ninth shutout in the past five seasons) and just 205 yards, while AJ McCarron continues to do what he does best - win; the senior is 29-2 in his career as a starter.
#2 Oregon 55, California 16: Driving rain limited the passing opportunities, but Hawaiian quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn't overly-phased as he threw for two scores while running for another in a blowout victory that improved his career record to 16-1.
#3 Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7: Tajh Boyd becomes the second quarterback in ACC history to tally 100 touchdowns (passing and rushing, joining Philip Rivers), as he throws for three and runs for another in a blowout of the Demon Deacons to win his 25th game as a starter.
#25 Fresno State 42, Hawai'i 37: Veteran quarterback Derek Carr registers his 13th career 300-yard game, throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs build a 39-point lead before scrambling to hold on for a key Mountain West road victory.
#5 Stanford 55, Washington State 17: While many thought Stanford's rise to prominence would halt with the graduation of Andrew Luck, not much has changed for the Cardinal; this time, Kevin Hogan throws for three touchdowns to extend the Cardinal's winning streak to 12 games - Stanford is now 16-2 with a Rose Bowl victory post-Luck.
#16 Washington 31, Arizona 13: In monsoon-like conditions in Seattle, the Huskies turn to a powerful ground game and Bishop Sankey (school-record 40 carries for 161 yards) while Keith Price throws two touchdown passes to continue to close in on Cody Pickett's school records - Pickett was the QB the last time Washington was 4-0 in 2001.
#8 Florida State 48, Boston College 34: After a slow start (they trailed 17-3), the Seminoles turn to sensational freshman QB Jameis Winston, who piles up 330 yards and four touchdown passes while also running for 67 yards in an ACC road win over the Eagles.
UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Louisville (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (no change)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Georgia vs. Wisconsin (no change)
College Football News: Alabama vs. Clemson (no change)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Florida State (Florida State replaces Clemson)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Georgia vs. Florida State (replaces LSU vs. Oklahoma State)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Florida State (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Georgia vs. Michigan (Michigan replaces Florida State)
Bleacher Report: Georgia vs. Louisville (no change)
USA Today: Alabama vs. Clemson
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features, and amazing plays, such as a pair of impressive runs like T.J. Yeldon's spin-move touchdown for Alabama and a great catch-and-run by a young back with impressive genes - Barry Sanders, Jr., for Stanford.
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Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances:Shane Carden, East Carolina
(32-of-47, 376 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Carden, who also runs for three touchdowns, leads the Pirates to a 55-31 win over North Carolina, their first road win over the Tar Heels since 1975.
Brandon Connette, Duke
(20-of-28, 324 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.0)
Connette adds two rushing touchdowns to his career-high passing yards and finishes with 379 total yards in a tight 38-31 victory over Troy.
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
(38-of-54, 389 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.0)
Fajardo, who rushes for 81 yards and two TDs, passes and runs for touchdowns in the final six minutes to lead the Wolf Pack to a thrilling 45-42 comeback victory over Air Force.
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
(23-of-34, 351 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.5)
After the Sun Devils fall behind in third quarter, Kelly connects on a 74-yard score to jump start an offense which proceeds to score the most points ever against USC in a 62-41 Pac-12 win.
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(27-of-52, 414 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 48.8)
Mannion sets a school record for passing touchdowns while tallying his third 400-yard game of the year in leading the Beavers to their fourth straight victory, 44-17 over Colorado.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
(20-of-34, 298 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 82.6)
Murray, who also rushes for a touchdown, throws the game-winning TD pass with 1:47 to go to cap another strong week, this time leading the Bulldogs to a win over sixth-ranked LSU, 44-41, while also passing Peyton Manning for career passing yards.
John O'Korn, Houston
(24-of-36, 312 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.7)
O'Korn, a true freshman making his second career start, helped the Cougars break open a tie-game in the second half as he sets career-highs in essentially all categories in a 59-28 win over UTSA.
Jameis Winston, Florida State
(17-of-27, 330 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.8)
Winston, who also rushes for a career-high 67 yards, throws three second-quarter TD passes to help the Seminoles erase a 17-3 deficit en route to a 48-34 road win over Boston College.
Top Upcoming Games
(current AP rankings, all times Central)
#25 Maryland at #8 Florida State (11 a.m., ESPN): The Terrapins are arguably the most surprising undefeated team in the country and while they have cracked the Top 25 this week, major respect would be gained with an upset of the Seminoles and star quarterback "Famous" Jameis Winston.
#6 Georgia at Tennessee (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Bulldogs have played a brutal schedule with three Top-10 foes in their first four games; a weak Volunteer squad could offer a break, or an old-fashioned letdown game.
Georgia Tech at #14 Miami (2:30 p.m., ESPNU): The Hurricanes, off to their first 4-0 start since 2004, host the always-challenging option game of the Yellow Jackets.
Minnesota at #19 Michigan (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Golden Gophers fell from the ranks of the unbeatens on Saturday to take some luster of this game, but Michigan has looked very shaky since its Notre Dame win and could be challenged here.
#10 LSU at Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPN): Despite the tough loss at Georgia on Saturday, the Tigers remain in the top 10 and are still in contention for the SEC and national titles - though a letdown on the road in Starkville would likely end both goals.
TCU at #11 Oklahoma (6 p.m., FOX): The Sooners' impressive win at Notre Dame, along with a surprising Oklahoma State loss at West Virginia, has established Oklahoma as the class of the Big 12, but a loss to struggling TCU could turn that title to surprising Texas Tech.
#4 Ohio State at #16 Northwestern (7 p.m., ABC): The Buckeyes look to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games, but will have the challenge of being on the road at Northwestern, which is coming off a bye week.
#15 Washington at #5 Stanford (9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Huskies have remained undefeated behind the potent rushing-passing combo with Bishop Sankey and Keith Price while sending three teams to their first losses, however Stanford will present much more of a challenge.